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Independent Study Courses

Study at your own pace in your own place.

Independent Study Courses may be completed online at the student’s own pace over a 12-month period from the start date. Ideal for students who are also balancing the demands of family, church and work, Trinity’s Independent Study courses are specifically designed to let students set their own deadlines to complete their assignments. Classes may be worked on sequentially or concurrently. Flexibility is the key word for the motivated student who has the energy and the drive, but not always the time, to complete their course work.

Internet and Postal Delivery gives students the option to access their materials either via the Internet or delivered by UPS or postal mail. The study materials include the course study guide and audio lectures (if applicable). Assignments may be sent either by postal service or uploaded via internet using Trinity’s easy lesson upload system. Required texts may be purchased and shipped anywhere in the world through Trinity’s textbook provider, MBS.

 

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 Non-Degree
Research and Writing

Trinity Tutorial

Number of Credit Hours: 0
Course Number: RW 001 IS R1 00
Course Purpose:
To orient learners to academic studies at Trinity, as well as acquainting them with the services and support personnel for the program of study.



 Bachelor's Level
Administration

Basic Principles of Administration

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 424 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and examine functions, principles, and processes of administration in the church.

Basic Principles of Human and Organizational Development

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 301 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To analyze and apply concepts and theories of human and organizational develop to management and leadership in the church or Christian organization.

Introduction to Management and Leadership Theory

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 437 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To study various theories and concepts of management and leadership and form a biblical theology of management and leadership in the church or para-church.

Management Leadership Research

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 474 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To review and assess sound research practices for application to research in the managerial field.

The Scope of Human Resource Management

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 384 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To explore the concept, functions and processes of human resource management and necessary skills for human resource management in the church or para-church.

Apologetics

Contemporary Apologetics Survey I

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 440 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to foundational issues in the study of apologetics; to enable learners to identify key terms and describe essential issues of apologetics and to apply apologetic methodology to contemporary challenges.

Contemporary Apologetics Survey I I

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 441 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to foundational issues in the study of apologetics; to enable learners to identify key terms and describe essential issues of apologetics and to apply apologetic methodology to contemporary challenges.

Defending the Faith: A Historical Framework

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 442 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To set the defense of the faith in a historical context so that learners will benefit from the work of the great Apologists in Christian history.

Biblical Counseling

Becoming a Biblical Counselor

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 370 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with the knowledge and the personal experience of structured implementation of biblical principles for effecting biblical solutions.

Counseling For Emotional Problems: Anger, Worry, And Depression

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 330 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with basic biblically based strategies for guiding counselees through problems involving anger, anxiety, and depression.

Counseling for Overcoming Sexual Sin

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 323 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with the spiritual dynamics underlying persistent sexual sin in the lives of Christians and with counseling strategies for addressing them.

Counseling in the Local Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 373 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the role of counseling in the local church so that learners will acquire the necessary knowledge to conduct a counseling ministry within a congregational setting.

Counseling Troubled Children

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 327 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To prepare learners to address the emotional and attitudinal struggles of preteens in counseling.

Developing Counseling Skills

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 402 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the basic functional skills required for counseling.

Helping Step - Families in the Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 326 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To challenge learners to consider the characteristic struggles in modern American step-families in the church and to develop counseling strategies to help the families.

Introduction to Addictions Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 328 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to current ways of understanding and counseling addicted counselees from the perspective of a biblical worldview.

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 372 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with an in-depth introduction to the presuppositions and methodology of biblical counseling.

Introduction to Crisis Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 381 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with the basic issues encountered in crisis counseling, analyzing and evaluating various methods to help learners develop a biblical model of crisis counseling.

Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 365 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the way in which marital and family relationships and roles are presented in the Bible so they can apply this data to the counseling process.

Legal Implications for Biblical Counselors and Counseling Center Management

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 376 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with the legal and managerial principles for operating a biblical counseling ministry.

Studies in the Problem of Suffering

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 374 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the biblical teaching concerning suffering and to identify the scriptural principles and procedures necessary for appropriate responses to pain and suffering.

Supervised Counseling Experience

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 305 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with the opportunity to use the counseling principles learned in their courses in live counseling under the supervision of Trinity faculty.

Biblical Studies

Bible Study Methods

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BS 401 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To master the tools and techniques of Bible study, focusing upon observation, interpretation, and application.

Introduction to Biblical Prophecy

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BS 480 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the scope of prophets, prophecy, and apocalyptic literature in the Bible, to enable learners to identify and articulate key issues in exegesis and biblical theology relating to prophecy, and to facilitate the learners’ use of prophetic Scripture in ministry.

Christian Education

Basic Principles of Spiritual Growth in Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 490 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To study issues and principles of spiritual growth via Christian education in the church.

Biblical Theology of Christian Education: An Overview

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 470 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to an appreciation and understanding of the formation of a biblical theology of Christian education.

Developing Christian Education for the Local Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 488 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to Christian education in the local church and the essential principles and ministries of church education.

Introduction to Current Trends and Issues in Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 459 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to current trends and issues in Christian Education.

Overview of the History and Philosophy of Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 499 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the study of the history of Christian thought on education from the earliest times to the present so that they acquire a basic and introductory knowledge of Christian Education history and philosophy and are able to identify and describe the essential principles of biblical education.

Strategies for Effective Teaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 388 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to a general knowledge of effective teaching strategies and to introduce them to the essential communication skills needed for effective teaching in different classroom settings.

Church History

Survey of Church History

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CH 320 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in a summarization and analysis of the history of the Christian church from the conclusion of the New Testament era to the present, focusing upon major persons, events, movements, and creedal statements.

Conflict Management

Approaches to Dealing with Difficult People

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 365 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to that subdivision of the field of Conflict Management known as "Difficult People" studies (especially as it applies to the context of the church) and in so doing, to introduce strategies for handling discord in a biblical manner: be it during interpersonal strife or when leaders/supervisors must manage antagonistic individuals in the course of their responsibilities.

Basic Elements of Christian Mediation

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 432 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To equip learners with biblical principles of conflict intervention and with fundamental principles of mediation in order to develop an understanding of Christian mediation and its role in the church today.

Church Discipline

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 450 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the study of church discipline in Scripture and current scholarship so they can identify and describe the essential principles of the subject and apply that knowledge to their own church/denominational setting.

Fundamentals of Managing Conflict

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 326 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with the major issues of managing relational and organizational conflict particularly from the perspective of the local church setting

Resolving Conflict Through Interpersonal Forgiveness

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 435 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to biblical truths, sociological perspectives, and practical application of principles and concepts related to the subject of interpersonal forgiveness.

Understanding the Process of Positive Change

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 426 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with a rudimentary grounding in the major issues of organizational change especially within a church or para-church organization and especially as these issues relate to conflict.

Expository Preaching

Foundations of Evangelistic Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 472 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the concept of evangelistic preaching so they can acquire a basic and introductory knowledge of how to lead others to faith in Christ by using a variety of homiletic techniques.

Fundamentals of New Testament Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 474 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the key concepts of expository preaching and to equip learners with the necessary skills to do effective expository preaching based on an understanding of sound homiletic principles.

Fundamentals of Old Testament Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 475 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To present and expose learners to the study of the Old Testament as a whole; and to equip learners with the necessary skills to do effective expository preaching based on an understanding of the characters, themes, and theology of the Old Testament.

Introduction to Contemporary Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 495 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the elements and principles of preaching so they can acquire a basic and introductory knowledge of how to prepare and deliver biblical messages using a variety of homiletical techniques and designs.

Introduction to the Hermeneutical Basis for Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 471 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the study of biblical interpretation; and to introduce learners to the necessary skills of teaching and preaching based on an understanding of hermeneutics.

Introduction to the Theological Basis for Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 470 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the study of Christian doctrine within a coherent framework; and to equip learners with the necessary skills to do effective expository preaching based on a solid understanding of key doctrinal issues.

General Education

Appreciating Music as Art Form and Worship

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 234 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with selected musical forms, uses, styles, and composers from history to the present day, including how music is used in Scripture and the contemporary church.

English Composition

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 235 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To review English grammar, basic writing skills, and to explore the use of written language to communicate ideas effectively.

Health and Lifestyle Wellness

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 239 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To give learners the background information and some tools for making healthier lifestyle choices regarding weight management, exercise, disease prevention, stress management, drug/alcohol use, and intimate relationships.

Introduction to Ethics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 164 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To survey some of the most important fundamental concepts, theories, issues and problems in ethics and to think rationally and critically about these matters.

Introduction to Philosophy

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 102 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce the main ideas and figures in the history of philosophy and to analyze the fundamental problems in metaphysics, logic, epistemology, and philosophy of religion.

Introduction to Psychology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 165 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the significant people and theories which have shaped the discipline of psychology and to assess its impact on American society.

Marriage and Family in Modern Society

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 238 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the social implications of marriage and family; to expose learners to the history of the family, roles, and interpersonal relationships within the confines of today’s society; to examine issues such as dating, sexual behavior, childbirth, children, the middle aged, the elderly, and step parenting.

Physical Science Survey

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 230 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To explore the created details of matter and energy. Topics will include light, matter, weather, space, and origins.

Public Speech in Ministry

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 237 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To familiarize learners with the fundamentals of oral communication for the purpose of Christian ministry, to give special attention to developing the skill of public communication, speech composition, and delivery, and to the special nature of communication in the context of ministry settings.

Research and Technical Writing in Ministry

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 236 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to college level research writing and to extend the skills acquired in English Composition. Areas of emphasis are critical reading, an informed response to such reading, and the effective use of research techniques that enable students to write well-reasoned, appropriately documented research papers.

The Humanities in the Western Tradition: 1500 to the Present

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 233 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To explore the progress of the Western tradition from the Renaissance to the present through a study of the major thought and art of Western Europe as reflected in the masterworks of literature, the fine arts, religion and philosophy in historical context.

The Humanities in the Western Tradition: Ancient Beginnings to 1500

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 232 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To explore the development of the Western tradition from its ancient beginnings to the Renaissance through a study of the major thought and art of Western civilization as reflected in the masterworks of literature, the fine arts, religion and philosophy in historical context.

United States History Since 1865

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 112 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the study of United States History so that they acquire a foundational understanding of the significant events, issues, and personalities that were key in the development of the United States following the American Civil War to the present.

United States History Through 1865

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: GE 111 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the study of United States History so that they acquire an introductory knowledge of the significant personalities and events that were key in the establishment and development of the American nation and are able to identify and explain the fundamental influences and principles upon which the United States was founded.

New Testament

Engaging the Book of Revelation

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 312 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To present and expose learners to the study of Revelation as a whole; to enable them to recognize and interpret themes in the book; to provide them with the opportunity to evaluate the literary features and argument of the book; and to encourage them to apply the knowledge they gain from their study to their lives and ministries.

Expositions of First Corinthians

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 334 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To integrate single texts into the argument of the letter as a whole; to analyze specific issues addressed in 1 Corinthians such as Paul’s exhortation on divorce and speaking in tongues; to understand the letter as contextualized preaching for a metropolitan audience in the first century.

Introduction to Pastoral Epistles

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 346 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To present and expose learners to the study of the Pastoral Epistles with particular focus on their commonalities, their ecclesiology, and teaching of Christian ministry.

Introduction to the Book of Romans

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 313 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the study of the background, content, and structure of the book of Romans; to enable learners to understand paradigms of interpretation in past and current scholarship and encourage learners to apply the knowledge attained in the context of current ministry.

Introduction to the Gospel of John

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 434 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the contents of the Gospel of John; to explore Johannine scholarship and the Gospel’s structure, themes, purposes, and symbolism – and thereby discover why this Gospel stands for centuries at the heart of Christian theology.

Survey of the Gospel of Luke

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 306 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to identify the features that set the Gospel of Luke apart from the other Gospels; to introduce learners to the content, themes, and purposes of the Gospel of Luke and introduce and evaluate various reading models to key-texts of Luke.

Survey of the Gospel of Matthew

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 307 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the Gospel of Matthew so that learners can identify and articulate historical, literary and theological key-texts and -topics of Matthew and facilitate the use of Matthew in ministry.

Survey of the Life and Letters of Paul

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 310 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the details of Paul’s life and letters; to enable learners to interpret matters of Pauline letters within an ancient Mediterranean context; to critically evaluate competing views on key issues regarding Paul’s life and theology.

Survey of the New Testament

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 430 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to an overview of the New Testament with special focus on structure, themes, and key-texts of each book; to analyze and evaluate the historical reliability of the Gospels.

Synoptic Gospels: A Closer Look

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 347 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To understand the synoptic agreements and disagreements between the first three gospels, and analyze the basics of various answers offered for their historical origin, including the contribution of ancient techniques for oral transmission.

The Books Of Acts: An Introduction

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 345 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to understand the book of Acts as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke; to analyze Acts’ purpose, structure, and background; to interpret key texts in Acts and distinguish between different interpretations.

The Parables of Jesus

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 320 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners in understanding and analyzing the parables of Jesus in their particular literary form and historical and theological context.

Old Testament

Introduction to Wisdom Literature

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 425 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the study of biblical wisdom with particular focus on Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and Job; to enable learners to recognize and interpret essential vocabulary and themes, to determine essential characteristics of biblical wisdom, and to apply that knowledge in the learners’ ministry.

Survey of the Old Testament

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 430 IS R5 03
Course Purpose:
To give learners a foundational understanding of the Old Testament, to introduce them to rival perspectives about the Pentateuch, to give them an extensive survey of the prophets, and to introduce them to key theological motifs in the Old Testament.

The Book of Genesis

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 316 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To encourage learners to develop an overview of the content of Genesis, to explore options for understanding the creation account in Genesis, to understand how Genesis addresses the big questions of life, to understanding Genesis from a uniquely Christian perspective, and to explore a method for teaching Genesis in a Bible Study or ministry setting.

Pastoral Ministry

Basic Theology of Ministry

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 341 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to approaches to ministry in the modern world that are theologically sound and functionally sophisticated in their principles, practices, and perspectives; also, to expose them to personal requirements for effective service, the nature and mission of the church, and the evaluation of contemporary approaches to ministry in light of biblical perspectives and contemporary realities. 3

Fostering Disciples

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 496 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce pastoral learners to the concepts and criteria for evangelism and discipleship that will enable them to foster lasting evangelistic zeal in their churches. Learners will learn how to use their preaching and teaching to equip their people to participate in the work of making disciples with the objective that evangelism becomes the normal, on-going, year-round activity of their churches. Learners will read and listen to material that will enable them to identify and describe both true and false forces of evangelism, and recognize and discuss the basic characteristics of a discipler.

Fundamentals of Church Growth

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 355 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and challenge learners in a time of rapid and turbulent paradigm change to investigate a variety of insights, principles, practices, structures, and outreach related to the concept of church growth in a postmodern community.

Fundamentals of Personal Evangelism

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 459 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the concept of personal evangelism so they can acquire a basic and introductory knowledge of how to lead others to faith in Christ using a variety of techniques.

Introduction to Small Group Dynamics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 349 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to various aspects of small group dynamics, including group development, effective verbal and non-verbal communication principles, effective listening concepts, gender roles and responsibilities, and problem solving and decision making; learners will also focus on the development of qualities and skills necessary for facilitating effective small groups within a church setting.

Mentoring Principles

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 342 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To give learners an overview of mentoring both in its process as well as its content.

Perspectives in Global Missions and Evangelism

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 311 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to Global Mission by identifying and describing the essential principles of Global Mission in order to acquire knowledge on biblical, historical, theological, cultural, and practical issues in evangelism from a global perspective.

Worship in the Church: An Introduction

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 407 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to a foundational study of congregational worship with particular emphasis on congregational song.

Philosophy

Basic Christian Ethics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 401 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To review the basic principles and undergirding axioms of Old Testament and New Testament ethics, with the goal of relating the same to cognitive and deontological and normative ethics of the time.

Classic Christian Philosophers

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 300 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To become familiar with several contemporary Christian philosophers, to appreciate their contribution to the cause of Christ in academia, and to comprehend some of the impact these Christian authors have had to further the truth of Christianity.

Dealing with the Problem of Evil

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 366 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and explain the various options in Christian understandings of the problem of evil and to offer some suggestions for dealing with the problem so that learners will be better equipped to defend the coherence of Christian theism as a viable and tenable worldview against the skeptic's objection to theism based on evil in the world.

Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 343 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce and expose learners to the study of the field of philosophy which concentrates on the analysis of religion and religious experiences, exposing learners to the several topics considered in the field of philosophical investigation.

The Contributions of C. S. Lewis

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 355 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the thought of C. S. Lewis, and some of his theological and philosophical positions.

Research and Writing

Arranged Study for the Bachelor's Level

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 401 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To provide bachelor level learners the opportunity to do reading and/or research in an area of personal interest that is relevant to their degree program and will enhance their ability to serve the religious or global community.

Reflective Thinking on Faith Development and Prior Learning

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 305 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in the exploration of critical thinking and reflection processes and their role in understanding one’s faith development and prior learning in the formation of an e-Portfolio.

Theology

Bible Doctrine I

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 401 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in surveying the basic doctrines of the Bible in the following areas: the doctrine of Scripture, theology proper, angels, man, sin, and salvation.

Bible Doctrine I I

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 402 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in surveying the basic doctrines of the Bible in the following areas: Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.

Contemporary Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 345 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in the summarization and analysis of contemporary theological issues and movements.

Introduction to New Testament Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 333 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in the summarization and analysis of the theological themes of the New Testament.

Introduction to Old Testament Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 483 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in the summarization and analysis of the theological themes in the Old Testament.

Introduction to the Doctrine of Christ

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 395 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in summarization and analysis of issues, problems, and questions pertaining to the doctrine of the person and work of Christ.

Introduction to the Doctrine of the Bible

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 406 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in summarization and analysis of issues, problems, and questions pertaining to the doctrine of the Bible.

Introduction to the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 373 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the person and work of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the Old and New Testaments, and to identify some of the key doctrinal and biblical issues related to pneumatology.

Survey of the Doctrine of the Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 484 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in the summarization and analysis of the issues, problems, and questions pertaining to the doctrine of the church: it purposes, practices, and structure.



 Master’s Level
Administration

Case Studies in Management

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 611 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To explore and evaluate complex issues and effective practices of management in the church via review and analysis of management case studies.

Effective Communication for Leadership

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 504 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To explore the dynamics of oral and interpersonal communications for the purpose of effective leadership in ministry and the critical nature of effective communication for leadership.

Human and Organizational Development

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 501 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To examine critical issues, concepts, and needs of human and organizational development for an analysis of management and leadership praxis in the church or para-church.

Human Resource Management

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 584 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To analyze human resource management issues, functions, and processes as well as assess application of critical principles and practices of human resource management to the church ministry context.

Management and Leadership Theory

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 637 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To review and assess classical and contemporary concepts of management and leadership for the study of management and leadership praxis in the church or para-church.

Management Functions and Principles

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 515 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To explore basic and critical functions and principles of management and assess application of these functions and principles to the church or Christian organization context.

Apologetics

A History of Apologetics Through the Centuries

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 642 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To encourage learners to see how particular styles of apologetics developed in response to contemporary philosophical and cultural orientations.

Advanced Topics in Contemporary Apologetics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 661 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to consider classical and special topics in apologetics such as faith and reason, miracles, religious experience, the new atheism, and allied topics of inquiry.

Principles of Contemporary Apologetics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 660 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To investigate the nature and role of the rational defense of the faith and to apply and assess the different methods apologists use to justify Christian belief and turn aside objections to faith.

Biblical Counseling

An Examination of Integrationism in Christian Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 518 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with an overview of different Christian approaches to counseling and a means of evaluating them against Scripture.

Biblical Foundations for Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 675 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to counseling based on the presuppositions of a biblical worldview.

Counseling Adolescents

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 522 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with a framework for understanding adolescent struggles and guiding them through the struggles toward greater Christian maturity.

Counseling Case Studies

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 515 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with the DSM-IV diagnostic system and provide them with opportunity to develop skills in understanding and presenting counselees’ problems in biblical categories.

Counseling Christians Toward Sexual Purity

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 523 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with the current thinking on addressing compulsive sexual problems, and to develop a counseling strategy for those affected based on a biblical worldview.

Counseling Couples With Sexual Problems

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 590 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To acquaint learners with the range of issues commonly faced by couples who struggle with achieving sexual satisfaction in their marriages and to establish guidelines for counseling them from a biblical perspective.

Depression and Anxiety

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 504 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To survey current views on the causes and treatments for depression and anxiety and to challenge learners to counsel depressed and anxious counselees from a distinctly biblical anthropology, examining these conditions from both spiritual and physiological perspectives.

Digging Deeper Into the Bible We Use

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 632 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To give learners some tools for more detailed investigation of selected biblical genres to better inform their counseling.

Evaluating Professional Social Science Literature

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 500 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in the development of a biblically based framework for reading and critiquing professional literature in psychology, education, and other social science disciplines.

Gerontology from a Biblical Perspective

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 585 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to relate knowledge and comprehension of gerontological concepts and issues to situations which will face them in their ministry to the elderly and their families.

Marriage and Family Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 565 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide a context in which learners can relate the basic presuppositions and principles of biblical counseling to the practice of counseling married couples and their children.

Master's Biblical Counseling Practicum

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 640 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To provide the opportunity for learners to practice the principles and techniques of biblical counseling learned in previous course work within a structured context.

Nurturing Character Development in Children

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 527 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To offer learners an opportunity to develop a framework for counseling Christian parents who have questions about guiding their (preteen) children’s social, emotional, and moral development within a biblical framework.

Overcoming Substance Abuse

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 528 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in thinking through the causes, course, and counseling strategies for substance abuse from a biblical perspective in contrast to secular approaches.

Premarital Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 562 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:

Starting Another Family After Divorce

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 526 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To examine the issues faced by Christian households in which one or both of the spouses has been previously married and to develop a biblically informed approach to counseling blended families.

The Biblical Counselor, the Law, and Counseling Center Management

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 576 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with the legal and managerial skills needed for operating a biblical counseling center.

The Local Church as a Counseling Center

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 506 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide a context in which learners can relate the basic presuppositions and principles of biblical counseling to the practice of counseling within the life of a congregation.

The Problem of Suffering

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 574 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with the opportunity to apply the biblical teaching on suffering to a variety of life situations.

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BS 518 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to analyze carefully the various viewpoints on key hermeneutical issues, to examine these issues self-consciously in view of the learners’ hermeneutical pre-understanding, and to formulate consistent approaches in areas of general and special hermeneutics.

Biblical Prophecy

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BS 680 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to analyze carefully the various viewpoints on key prophetic issues, especially the use of the Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament, and to formulate a coherent approach in these areas.

Biblical Studies and Theology Practicum

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BS 690 IS 00 03
Course Purpose:
To give learners an opportunity to sharpen their understanding of the principles and to practice the methods and techniques of biblical or theological studies (which they have learned from previous course work) in a structured and supervised ministry context.

Christian Education

Biblical Theology of Discipleship

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 570 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in identifying the relationship between a biblical theology of Christian education and their beliefs and practices in discipleship ministry.

Christian Education for the Local Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 688 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To explore and evaluate issues, ideas, principles, priorities, and practices that promote an effective Christian education ministry in the church.

Current Trends and Issues in Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 659 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To identify and engage in an analysis of major trends and issues confronting Christian educators serving church and community.

Dynamic Teaching Techniques

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 588 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To give learners a solid grounding in the theory and practice of religious pedagogy, to encourage them to discover and compare various educational models and methods, and to enable them to sharpen their skills in carrying out effective teaching techniques.

History and Philosophy of Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 699 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To provide opportunities for learners to relate basic principles and theories of Christian education history and philosophy to ministry situations and to examine and analyze the essential features of Christian education philosophy as these relate to the various ministries of Christian education and to them as Christian educators.

Spiritual Formation and Christian Discipleship

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 550 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in Christian discipleship through an understanding of spiritual wholeness and the practices necessary for spiritual development.

Spiritual Growth in Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 690 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To relate basic principles and theories of spiritual formation to ministry situations, and to examine and analyze the essential features of spirituality in the learner’s faith tradition.

Church History

Baptist History and Identity

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CH 602 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in a survey, analysis, and evaluation of the historical origins and the development of Baptist movements to the present, focusing on the distinctive principles and practices emphasized within the movements.

Church History

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CH 575 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in a survey, analysis, and evaluation of the development of the church from the end of the New Testament era to the present, considering significant persons, movements, events, and creedal statements.

History of American Christianity

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CH 639 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in a survey, analysis, and evaluation of the development of the Christian church in the United States, considering significant persons, movements, and events.

Conflict Management

Christian Mediation

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 632 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop an understanding of Christian mediation through examining biblical conflict intervention, evaluating the emerging field of mediation as described in current scholarly literature, and assessing the role of Christian mediation in the church today.

Dealing with Difficult People

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 565 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with the opportunity to identify and analyze the human dynamics of difficult behavior, investigate biblical solutions, and examine secular methodologies; all with the view of dealing effectively with chronically difficult individuals in personal life but especially when encountered in the context of the church.

Implementing Positive Change

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 626 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with the opportunity to examine Scripture and current scholarship particularly as it pertains to the relationship between conflict and organizational change in a congregation or para-church organization.

Interpersonal Forgiveness

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 635 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To examine the biblical record on believers resolving conflict through interpersonal forgiveness, survey and evaluate current scholarship, and relate findings especially to the congregational setting.

Managing Conflict

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 526 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To survey the field of conflict management from a Christian perspective by examining Scripture and current scholarship, and by applying knowledge gained to specific areas of congregational discord.

Principles of Church Discipline

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 650 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to synthesize the biblical record regarding church discipline; evaluate selected scholarly writings on the subject; and assess the disciplinary measures utilized in their own church/denominational setting.

Expository Preaching

Contemporary Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 695 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To provide opportunities for learners to relate the elements and principles of preaching to the contemporary generation through their pulpit and public speaking ministries and to examine and analyze both the theological foundations and the communication theory behind the process of preparing and delivering effective biblical messages using a variety of homiletical techniques and designs.

Evangelistic Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 672 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide opportunities for learners to relate basic strategies of evangelistic preaching to their pulpit ministries and to examine and analyze the biblical foundation behind the process of leading other people to faith in Christ by using a variety of homiletic techniques.

New Testament Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 674 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to use their knowledge of the characters, themes, and theology of each book of the New Testament to do competent expository preaching; and to sharpen their ability to analyze and assess character studies, historical developments, and solid interpretation of the text as the foundation for sound expository preaching from the New Testament.

Old Testament Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 675 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to use their knowledge of the characters, themes, and theology of each book of the Old Testament to do competent expository preaching; and to sharpen their ability to analyze and assess character studies, historical developments, and solid interpretation of the text as the foundation for sound expository preaching from the Old Testament.

Pastoral Care Through Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 500 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with an overview of preaching in the context of pastoral care in order to encourage an integrated approach to ministry in the local church.

The Hermeneutical Basis for Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 671 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To challenge learners to analyze and assess carefully key approaches to biblical interpretation; and to enable them to comprehend why a solid hermeneutical methodology is the basis for applying hermeneutics to competent expository preaching.

The Theological Basis for Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 670 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to examine and analyze key doctrinal issues for the purpose of enhancing their abilities to evaluate why biblical and theological foundations are the basis of competent expository preaching and to engage learners in the investigation of a variety of theological perspectives.

Leadership

Marketing Non - Profit Ministry

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: LD 502 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners a working knowledge and understanding of contemporary marketing principles for non-profit organizations, including best practices for hardcopy, electronic, and web-based marketing design and strategies.

Strategic Planning for the Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: LD 500 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To prepare learners in the principles and practices of SWOT analysis and strategic planning for deployment in executive ministry leadership positions.

New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 515 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To encourage legitimate historical inquiry such as the New Testament’s social background, authorship, genre, etc. and to expose erroneous reconstructions of Jesus and the early church; to distinguish and evaluate various exegetical skills such as redaction criticism, textual criticism, social-scientific criticism, narrative criticism, etc. and to make the content of this study relevant for ministry.

Life and Letters of Paul

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 510 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to examine carefully and critically the background, chronology, interpretation, and theology of the letters of Paul; to become familiar with the social-scientific approach to Paul’s letters, including their strengths and weaknesses; and to apply insights from Paul’s letters to a current ministry context.

New Testament History

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 600 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the major religious and philosophical currents in the New Testament world and the major events of the first century which have shaped the books of the New Testament and to demonstrate the ability to interpret key New Testament texts in light of the environment of the New Testament.

Pastoral Epistles

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 546 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To analyze and critically evaluate various historical and theological issues regarding the Pastoral Epistles such as authorship, ecclesiology, and women in ministry.

Synoptic Gospels

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 547 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to gain a thorough understanding of the synoptic problem and to critically evaluate the most important theories and their strongest arguments offered in light of the textual evidence.

The Book Of Acts

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 545 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to understand the book of Acts as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke; to evaluate the literary, historical, and theological perspective of Acts; to analyze key-texts and critically evaluate various interpretations of them.

The Book of First Corinthians

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 534 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the letter as a whole as well as to some of the key texts and issues in particular; to explore various interpretative options and paradigm shifts about single texts and issues and evaluate them as well as the personal commitments and traditions in light of detailed exegesis.

The Book of Romans

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 513 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To identify key-concepts, structure, and argument of Romans, become familiar with the so-called “Romans debate” on the letter’s social setting and purpose, and to develop exegetical skills through analysis of at least one key text of Romans.

The Gospel of John

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 634 IS R5 03
Course Purpose:
To lead the learners to an enhanced understanding and analysis of significant Johannine topics, acquire skills of proper word study, analyze and appreciate patristic interpretation, and engage with contemporary exegesis of the Gospel.

The Gospel Of Luke

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 506 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To encourage learners in an in-depth study of specific literary, theological, and historical aspects of the Gospel of Luke such as structure and purpose, Luke as historian and theologian, irony in Luke, the genealogies in Matthew and Luke, etc.

The Gospel of Matthew

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 507 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to analyze key texts and carefully evaluate various viewpoints on them; to examine and evaluate different methodologies used in Matthean studies (narrative criticism; Greco-Roman background; feminist exegesis; etc.).

The Parables of Jesus: An In - Depth Analysis

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 520 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners in understanding and analyzing the parables of Jesus in their particular literary form and historical and theological context; to understand and critically evaluate various methods of interpreting the parables.

Old Testament

Genesis: In - Depth Study

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 516 IS R5 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce learners to the academic discussion about the book of Genesis, to encourage learners to develop an understanding of the relationship between the Genesis text and the ancient Near Eastern culture, to encourage learners to think through the role of women in the Patriarchal narrative, and to give learners a chance to explore these topics in two research papers.

Introduction to the Old Testament

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 514 IS R5 03
Course Purpose:
To encourage learners to understand the relationship between the Old Testament and its cultural and historical background, the techniques used to write the Old Testament text, and the debate about the canon of the Old Testament.

Old Testament History

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 600 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to an advanced understanding of the history of the Old Testament period by examining various approaches to Ancient Near Eastern parallels, Israel’s appearance in the Levant, the conquest, the period of the Judges, and the monarchy.

The Book Of Exodus

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 502 IS R5 03
Course Purpose:
To encourage learners to understand the flow of the Exodus account, to develop an advanced understanding of the relationship between the Exodus text and the cultural/historical background in which its events occurred, to understand the chronological problems associated with the Exodus account, to understand the implications of the legal material in Exodus, to understand the theology of the Mt. Sinai and tabernacle accounts, and to give learners an opportunity to explore specific areas of the Exodus debate in research papers.

Wisdom Literature

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 625 IS R5 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the study of biblical wisdom with particular focus on Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Job and the Song of Songs, to understand the role and place of wisdom material in the biblical text, and to see biblical wisdom in its ancient Near Eastern context.

Pastoral Ministry

Christian Worship

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 550 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide opportunity for learners to analyze and evaluate selected worship issues and practices in light of the biblical record and current scholarship; and to apply the results of their critical reflection to their own congregation.

Global Missions

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 510 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To sensitize and acquaint learners with the biblical, theological, historical and cultural perspectives of global missions; and to challenge them to apply these skills and concepts to their lives and ministry.

Leading the Smaller Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 625 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners to examine and evaluate the smaller church and its place within the context of society and the local community. Learners will explore principles on which to evaluate the health of smaller churches, the unique dynamics of smaller congregations, and definitions of success for smaller churches. Special attention will be given to appropriate leadership of the smaller church in light of its unique organizational dynamic.

Master's Pastoral Ministry Practicum

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 505 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with a supervised learning experience in preparation for practical ministry.

Pastoral Ministry

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 502 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners to evaluate themselves in light of the biblical call to ministry, understand the tasks and activities required of a minister, and to hone the skills needed to practice ministry effectively in the current settings of local churches.

Principles of Church Growth

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 555 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To facilitate critical reflection concerning: the principles, issues, and dynamics of growing churches within contemporary cultures; the application of appropriate leadership principles for growing churches; the effectiveness of missional and other church growth models; and church growth theory and research (both biblical and secular) in a variety of ministry contexts.

Small Group Dynamics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 549 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners the opportunity to: identify dynamic interpersonal interactions within a small group; recognize the purpose and functions of groups; translate theories into explanations and predictions of group phenomenon; understand various problems individuals experience in groups; give, receive, and evaluate feedback; understand the stages of group development; evaluate personal predispositions and attitudes in order to communicate more effectively; identify variables that underlie individual involvement in groups; and understand problem solving and decision making in group situations; also to give learners the opportunity to balance biblical principles with secular theories of small group dynamics within a religious context.

Strategies for Personal Evangelism

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 659 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide opportunities for learners to apply strategies of evangelism to their personal lives, understand the cultural dynamics for doing evangelism today, and to evaluate the evangelistic work of the church in light of the biblical foundations for evangelism.

The Art of Mentoring

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 542 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To examine biblical foundations, issues, and principles of mentoring in the church.

The Emerging Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 521 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To examine the theology and practice of the emerging church movement against modern church models.

Theology of Ministry

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 541 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To help learners synthesize theological and biblical foundations with ministry praxis and create their own theology of ministry, taking into account biblical and theological insights concerning God, spiritual formation, church, and ministry.

Philosophy

Ethics in the Christian Tradition

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 601 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To judge with keener perception the underlying principles which govern both the best and the worst of ethical reflection in our time.

Major World Religions

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 519 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide opportunities for learners to examine and analyze the characteristics of different religions so that learners may be able to apply this knowledge to an understanding of the world today and how the Christian faith can affect this world.

Philosophy of Religion

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 543 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to investigate and consider the traditional fields of inquiry in philosophy of religion, including the nature and argument for God’s existence, faith and reason, the evidential relevance of religious and mystical experience, religious language, the problem of evil, miracles and modern science, and religious pluralism.

The Philosophical Problem of Evil

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 566 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To estimate the different merits and values of traditional and contemporary responses to the problem of evil and approaches to theodicy so that learners can analyze the various beliefs in Christian theism, construct viable options in theodicy, and show that these options are consistent and harmonious with other beliefs that (evangelical) Christians hold.

The Practice of Philosophical Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 537 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to analyze carefully a representative sample of the works of the main thinkers in classic and contemporary philosophical theology, and critically to appreciate the live options by which to synthesize a doctrine of God that is philosophically comprehensive, coherent and consistent while being in line with and true to biblical revelation and truth.

The Thought of C. S. Lewis

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 555 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To instruct learners in many of the philosophical ways in which Lewis contributed to the scholarly and lay community and its understanding of Christianity in contemporary settings.

Research and Writing

Arranged Study for the Master's Level

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 602 IS R1 03
Course Purpose:
To provide master level learners the opportunity to do reading and/or research in an area of personal interest that is relevant to their degree program and will enhance their ability to serve the religious or global community.

Master's Thesis

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 605 IS R1 03
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

Theology

Doctrine of the Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 684 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in an analysis of the biblical data and evaluation of the development of Christian thought concerning the church: its origin, purposes, organizational structures, and observance of the sacraments/ordinances.

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 573 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To consider the key doctrinal issues and interpretive options in the study of pneumatology, resulting in the ability to analyze and assess the issues considered in light of the learner’s theological stance.

Doctrine of the Person and the Work of Christ

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 595 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in an analysis of the biblical data and evaluation of the development of Christian thought concerning the issues, problems, and questions concerning the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Man, Sin, and Sanctification

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 631 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To give learners the tools needed to understand and apply the biblical teaching about human nature, the effect of the fall on human nature, and the results of salvation on human nature.

New Testament Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 533 IS R5 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in summarization and analysis and evaluation of the theological themes of the New Testament.

Old Testament Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 683 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners to summarize, analyze, and evaluate the discipline of Old Testament Theology and the theological themes of each of the books of the Old Testament.

Principles of Contemporary Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 545 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in analysis and evaluation from a biblical perspective of the various expressions of contemporary theology.

The Doctrine of the Bible

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 606 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in an analysis of the biblical data and evaluation of the development of Christian thought concerning the issues, problems, and questions concerning the Bible.

The Kingdom of God

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 506 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in analysis of the biblical data, evaluation of the development of the concept of the kingdom of God, and construction of a doctrine of the kingdom of God.

Theology I

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 511 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in summarization and analysis of the biblical data and the development of Christian thought concerning the doctrines of Scripture, theology proper, angels, man, and sin.

Theology I I

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 512 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To lead learners in summarization and analysis of the biblical data and the development of Christian thought concerning the doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.



 Doctoral Level
Administration

Critical Study of Management Cases

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 890 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To investigate complex issues and critical practices of management in the church via review and analysis of management case studies.

Current Issues in Human Resource Management

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 725 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To study current and complex issues and needs of human resource management for analysis of principles and practices of human resource management in the church or Christian organization.

Historical Development of Management and Leadership Theory

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 805 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To examine and evaluate historical and contemporary theories and concepts of management and leadership for a theological analysis of these theories and concepts.

Theological Analysis of Administration Principles

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 850 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To evaluate from the biblical perspective administration principles for the church or para-church.

Theoretical Analysis of Human and Organizational Development

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AD 724 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To analyze theories and concepts of human and organizational development and evaluate implications and applications to the church context.

Apologetics

Contemporary Apologetics I

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 840 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to formulate a consistent Christian apologetic; to critique non-theistic worldviews and divergent systems of apologetics; to engage in original research, assessment, and construction.

Contemporary Apologetics I I

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 841 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to formulate a consistent Christian apologetic; to critique non-theistic worldviews and divergent systems of apologetics; to engage in original research, assessment, and construction.

History of Apologetics: Current Applications

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: AP 842 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop and refine the application of classic apologetic arguments in vis-à-vis contemporary objections to the faith.

Biblical Counseling

Addressing Compulsive Money-Related Behaviors in Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 728 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to current thinking—and a biblical perspective—on persistent, detrimental patterns related to earning or spending money: workaholism, irresponsible spending, and compulsive gambling.

Advanced Premarital Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 720 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners the occasion to employ biblical and theological knowledge to conceptualizing the dynamics of marriage and guiding engaged couples to apply these concepts effectively.

Advanced Principles of Biblical Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 713 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To help learners understand how spiritual issues are now being considered in Christian and non-Christian counseling contexts and to understand how the Bible can be used as an instrument of change with believers.

Biblical Counseling and Training Internship

Number of Credit Hours: 6
Course Number: BC 719 IS R2 06
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with extended supervised counseling and counselor training experience in preparation for practical ministry and/or for professional employment.

Case Studies in Divorce, Remarriage, and Blending Families

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 726 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To present learners with the challenges and potential strategies needed to work with couples contemplating or dealing with divorce, remarriage, or struggles with blending families through the use of case studies.

Contemporary Issues in Counseling Teens

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 721 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To investigate the types of issues modern teens face for which they and their parents might need counsel.

Counsel for the Sex Addict

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 723 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To challenge learners to interact with secular thinking on the clinical management of sexual addiction, comparing and contrasting it to a biblical counseling perspective.

Counseling Families in the Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 804 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enhance learners’ ability to evaluate different approaches to family counseling in consideration of the biblical data on family dynamics.

Counseling for Emotional and Moral Intelligence

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 727 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To examine the proposed value of emotional intelligence and moral intelligence for living a productive lifestyle in the light of the Bible’s teaching on sin, sanctification, and wisdom and to apply the conclusions to counseling.

Current Christian Concepts in Gerontology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 785 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to critically evaluate and apply contemporary thinking in gerontology from a Christian perspective.

Doctor of Ministry Biblical Counseling Practicum

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 840 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To provide a focused opportunity for learners to practice methods and techniques of biblical counseling within a mentoring relationship.

History of Biblical Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 808 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To help learners discern how various historical influences have affected the convictions and methods of pastoral counseling in American Christianity. Particular attention will be given to the Bible as the main source of bringing about heart change to life problems.

Legal Issues in the Management of Biblical Counseling Centers

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 769 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to recognize and respond to potential legal concerns in the management of a biblical counseling center.

Models of Lifestyle Change

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 707 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the range of secular models proposed for helping people make lifestyle changes and prompt them to evaluate these models in the light of a biblical worldview.

The Body and Behavior

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 730 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the role of the body in understanding human experience and the implications of that role for biblical counseling.

The Interaction of Secular Psychology and Biblical Counseling

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 709 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners with an understanding of the philosophical and practical questions related to integrating evangelical theology and secular psychology in a model of counseling.

The Problem of Suffering: Inquiry and Research

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 774 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to analyze, evaluate, and construct a theologically sound response to suffering from the Bible, highlighting its role the life of the Christian.

Understanding Problems in Biblical Categories

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BC 714 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in their understanding and assessment of the DSM-IV-TR as a tool for counseling case conceptualization in the light of a biblical perspective on people and their problems.

Biblical Studies

Contemporary Biblical Hermeneutics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BS 718 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize current trends in hermeneutics, to evaluate those trends critically, and to articulate their own approach to those trends in original research, assessment, and formulation.

Issues in Biblical Prophecy

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: BS 880 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize current trends in the exegesis and biblical theology of prophetic texts, to evaluate those trends critically, and to articulate their own approach to those trends in original research assessment, and formulation.

Christian Education

Analysis of Curriculum Design

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 772 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To equip learners to evaluate and critique various elements of curriculum and instructional materials design.

Assessing and Applying Appropriate Teaching Strategies

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 788 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To equip learners to compare and evaluate educational methodologies, and to coach them in planning appropriate communication and teaching strategies for particular contexts.

Biblical Theology of Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 770 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in identifying the relationship between a biblical theology of Christian education and their beliefs and practices in discipleship ministry.

Current Trends and Issues in Christian Higher Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 859 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To identify and explore solutions relevant to current trends and issues in Christian Education that impact the mission and work of the college, seminary, or university.

Developing Spiritual Growth in Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 890 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To explore and develop a theology of human and spiritual growth as well as implications and applications for the Christian Education ministry in the church.

Devotion to Christ

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 735 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners an understanding of biblical principles and practice for the purpose of being devoted to Christ through an evaluation of contemporary devotional literature.

Exploring the History and Philosophy of Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 799 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate the historical progression and philosophical development of education; to be able to conduct academic research on the subject of education history and philosophy; and to develop a personal philosophy of education.

Historical and Philosophical Developments in the History of Christian Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 899 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate the historical progression and philosophical development of Christian education and to be able to conduct basic academic research on the subject of Christian education history and philosophy.

Overview and Assessment Of Christian Education Programs

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 888 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To study biblical, human developmental, sociological, leadership, and management concepts and issues related to developing the Christian Education ministry in the church.

Theory and Practice of Education

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CE 813 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop within learners an understanding of, and an ability to use, analyze, and evaluate educational theories and practices from a biblical worldview.

Church History

Early Anabaptist History and Thought

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CH 750 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to assess critically issues surrounding the Anabaptist movement of the sixteenth century; to evaluate their findings in light of biblical, historical, and theological criteria; and to engage in original research in the assessment of the principles of Anabaptism.

Conflict Management

Church Discipline: History and Current Practice

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 850 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To promote in learners the ability to analyze and synthesize the biblical record regarding church discipline, critically evaluate scholarship on the subject, and apply this data and understanding to the context of their church/denomination.

Critical Issues in Managing Conflict

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 726 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To engage learners in an investigative survey of the major issues of conflict management from a Christian perspective, with particular emphasis on applying knowledge gained to the congregational setting.

Difficult People: Current Issues and Strategies

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 765 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners a working knowledge of aversive behavior in interpersonal and group settings, including remedial action as found in Scripture and contemporary scholarship and with an emphasis on the congregational milieu.

Helping Troubled Churches

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 821 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To guide learners in the development of a biblically-based framework for understanding, analyzing, and intervening in congregations experiencing relational and systemic conflict.

History and Development of Conflict Management

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 822 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to investigate the history and development of the conflict management field in terms of alternative dispute resolution, psycho-sociological trends, and organizational conflict; examining developments from a scriptural perspective and with application to congregations and para-church organizations.

Interpersonal Forgiveness: Theological and Psychological Perspectives

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 835 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop the skills of learners to investigate scriptural principles of interpersonal forgiveness, analyze and critique forgiveness issues, models, and theories in academic literature, and apply learning to personal and congregational conflict.

Principles and Practices of Christian Mediation

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 832 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To critically evaluate the practice known as Christian mediation from a biblical perspective and from the perspective of the emerging field of mediation, and discern its application to the church today.

Principles of Restorative Justice

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: CM 753 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To investigate the new field of restorative justice, examining its compatibility with a biblical worldview, and ways it can be utilized within the Christian community.

Expository Preaching

Analyzing the Theological Basis for Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 870 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enhance in learners the ability to critique theological constructs for the purpose of designing creative expository messages based on biblical and theological truth and to evaluate and critique various points of view concerning the relationship of Christian theology and doctrine to effective pulpit communication and expository preaching.

Contemporary Issues in Pulpit Communication

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 805 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to the highest level of academic inquiry regarding contemporary areas of concern in pulpit communications, including trends in the field and problems and issues in the world and the church.

Critical Approaches to New Testament Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 874 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enhance in learners the ability to do competent research in exegesis and interpretation of the various genres of the New Testament, design with integrity sermons that present the biblical text accurately, and communicate the message in a challenging and encouraging manner.

Critical Aspects of Old Testament Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 875 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enhance in learners the ability to do competent expository preaching from the Old Testament based on their awareness of how to assess critically the issues surrounding the authorship, date, background, characteristics, themes, and genre; and to authentically integrate the message of the text with the climax of God’s revelation in the person, work, and teaching of Jesus Christ, Luke 24:44-49, 2 Corinthians 3:15-16, and Hebrews 1:1-2.

Doctrinal Preaching: Case Studies in Preaching on Hope

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 725 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide learners an in-depth study of doctrinal preaching by investigating the subject of hope in various Old and New Testament passages with consideration of diverse theological views.

History and Development of Christian Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 804 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to appreciate and evaluate the historical development of Christian Preaching by tracing the various movements within historical periods and the relationship of the preaching to their particular time period beginning with the preaching of the Apostolic Father through the Reformers and then through the Western English speaking world to the present; and also to develop in learners the ability to conduct academic research in the history and development of Christian preaching.

In - Depth Exegesis for Expository Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 871 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to analyze various approaches to biblical interpretation; to evaluate the benefits gained from the outcomes; and to enhance in learners the ability to do competent expository preaching based on their awareness and understanding of solid hermeneutical methodologies.

Methodologies of Evangelistic Preaching

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 872 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate biblical principles relating to evangelistic preaching and be able to assess the value and impact of leading other people to faith in Christ by using a variety of homiletic techniques.

Theories and Modalities Impacting Today's Preacher

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: EP 890 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate theological and rhetorical principles related to preaching to a multimedia generation; and to enhance in learners the ability to assess the values and impact of preparing and delivering effective biblical messages using a variety of homiletical techniques and designs.

New Testament

Critical Study of the Synoptic Gospels

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 747 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To systematically examine agreements and disagreements between the Synoptic Gospels and to analyze in depth the strongest arguments and weaknesses of two important competing views: the two-source theory (majority) and the use of oral traditions (growing minority); to become acquainted with format and features of a doctoral dissertation.

Exegesis of First Corinthians

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 734 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to engage Paul’s social and historical context in the analysis of key texts in 1 Corinthians and to critically examine competing principles of hermeneutics used for applying the letter to modern times.

Exegesis of Romans

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 713 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To analyze Romans as a letter which addresses a specific social context; to understand and critically evaluate the so-called “Romans Debate” as well as the “New Perspective on Paul” in light of an informed analysis and understanding of Romans in its literary and historical context.

Exegesis of the Fourth Gospel

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 834 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to utilize and critically engage with various contemporary methods of studying the Gospel of John (social-scientific studies; narrative criticism); to analyze and evaluate historical, ethical, and theological challenges of the Gospel of John with particular focus on the meaning of “the Jews” and the charge of anti-Semitism.

Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 746 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to understand and critically evaluate the last decades of research about the Pastoral Epistles; to analyze key texts and issues of these letters such as authorship, ecclesiology, and the role of women in the church.

Issues in New Testament History

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 800 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to analyze and critically evaluate the influence of the Greek, Roman, and Jewish background and parallels on the writings of Paul and our understanding of them today.

Studies In Luke

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 706 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to understand and critically evaluate the last decades of research about the Gospel of Luke; to encourage an in-depth study of the Gospel’s literary, theological, and historical features such as the genealogy, the theme of wealth, the feature of irony, etc.

Studies in Matthew

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 707 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide an in-depth analysis of the Gospel with special focus on the Olivet discourse; to understand and evaluate current trends in the Matthean studies.

The Book Of Acts: In-Depth Analysis

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: NT 745 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To enable learners to understand the book of Acts as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke; to evaluate the historical and theological perspective of Acts; to analyze key-issues such as the open end of Acts, the Jews in Acts, the purpose of Luke-Acts, and critically evaluate various interpretations of them.

Old Testament

Comparative Studies in Old Testament History

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 800 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to several aspects of the academic debate about Old Testament History and to enable them to understand academic world views.

Exegesis of the Book of Exodus

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 702 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To compare academic models for understanding a broad overview of the Exodus account, to develop an advanced understanding of positions about the Exodus text defended within the academic community and to develop a response to those positions, and to examine the implications of the Exodus account for liberation theology.

The Book of Genesis: Critique and Survey

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: OT 716 IS R5 03
Course Purpose:
To encourage learners to develop an understanding of the academic debate about issues in the book of Genesis.

Pastoral Ministry

Applied Research in Theology of Ministry

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 741 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the learners’ critical theological and biblical reflection concerning their own working theology of ministry; to give them opportunities to critique other working theologies of ministry in order to improve and clarify their own thinking; to provide a forum in which learners can verbalize their theological reflections on the subject; and to encourage them to apply key insights they obtain into their own practice and theology of ministry.

Church Planting Leadership

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 808 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To develop the principles and skills needed to plant a cultural-conscious church through critically examining various approaches to church planting while evaluating strengths and weaknesses in light of biblical texts related to ecclesiology, evangelism, discipleship and missiology.

Leading Change

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 704 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the learners’ critical and biblical reflection on the leading and managing of complex change within organizations, especially churches and para-church organizations; investigating models for change, leadership styles conducive to healthy change, and typical challenges and conflicts that arise during major change efforts.

Mentoring in Today's Culture

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 742 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to synthesize, formulate, and evaluate biblical principles of lifestyle mentoring and be able to assess the value and impact that mentoring can have in their personal lives and organizations.

Survey and Research of Small Group Dynamics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 749 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To facilitate learners’ critical reflection concerning small group leadership styles and issues; the building and maintenance of effective small groups; and the dynamics of small group communication; all within the context of biblical principles and 21st century congregational life.

The Historical Development of Pastoral Care

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 801 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To offer biblical and historical insights concerning the development of Pastoral Ministry in order to enable learners to evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of current ministry practices.

Worship in the Church

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PM 750 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To engage learners in researching Scripture and academic literature to enhance their understanding of the theology and practice of worship within the Christian community.

Philosophy

Advanced Philosophy of Religion

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 743 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to analyze the major arguments regarding the nature and character of religious science, the classical arguments for and against the validity of religious truth claims, and evaluate current defense strategies regarding traditional theistic arguments as well as current efforts to formulate appropriate epistemological problem-solving efforts.

Axiology and Traditional Christian Ethics

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 801 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, formulate, and evaluate the key facets of Christian morality and examine with sensitivity some of the modern ethical issues of our time.

Inquiry and Research of Major World Religions

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: PH 719 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to research historical and theological issues so that they can analyze, evaluate, organize, and apply in a scholarly manner insights gained in the study of world religion.

Research and Writing

Arranged Study for the Doctoral Level

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 801 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To provide doctoral level learners the opportunity to do reading and/or research in an area of personal interest that is relevant to their degree program and will enhance their ability to serve the religious or global community.

Bibliographic Research Methods

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 810 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To refine in learners the ability to engage in bibliographic research methods, including the locating of information on a chosen topic and demonstrating the ability to organize, process, and communicate research results in a systematic fashion.

Dissertation

Number of Credit Hours: 12
Course Number: RW 756 IS 00 12
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

Doctor of Ministry Capstone Research Project

Number of Credit Hours: 6
Course Number: RW 825 IS R1 06
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

Doctor of Religious Studies Major Writing Project

Number of Credit Hours: 12
Course Number: RW 827 IS 00 12
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

Doctoral Thesis

Number of Credit Hours: 12
Course Number: RW 876 AI R1 12
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

Empirical Research Methods

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 710 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To expose learners to qualitative and quantitative paradigms of research in the social sciences so they understand both the underlying theory and the mechanics of conducting social-science- related research in either paradigm, examining the worldview assumptions of both paradigms from a biblical perspective.

Ph.D. Thesis

Number of Credit Hours: 0
Course Number: RW 875 AI R1
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the development of a Thesis, Capstone Project, Major Writing Project, or Dissertation that demonstrates the student’s ability to do scholarly research and application of findings for current and future ministries.

Program Summary

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 890 AI 00 03
Course Purpose:
To facilitate the learners’ critical summation and synthesis of their program of study as they put elements together to form a coherent or functional whole while integrating knowledge and understanding in the operational Christian worldview. Prerequisite: All other academic requirements must be submitted.

Research Within a Christian Worldview

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: RW 800 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To introduce research as a Christian endeavor by laying a foundation for critical thinking from a biblical perspective that will equip learners to interact with topics in historical, theological, and social-science-related fields of study.

Theology

Biblical Authority

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 816 IS R2 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate the biblical teaching and the historical development of Christian thought in the consideration of the problems, issues, and questions raised in the discussion about biblical authority.

Christology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 895 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate the biblical teaching and the historical development of Christian thought concerning the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ecclesiology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 884 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate the biblical teaching and the historical development of Christian thought concerning the doctrine of the church.

History of Christian Thought

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 805 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate the development of Christian teaching through the centuries, focusing on major thinkers, significant theological issues, and creedal statements.

Issues in Contemporary Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 745 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate various contemporary theological issues and expressions.

Issues in New Testament Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 733 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate current issues and approaches in the study of New Testament theology.

Issues in Old Testament Theology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 783 IS R4 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to summarize, analyze, and critically evaluate current issues and approaches in the study of Old Testament theology.

Pneumatology

Number of Credit Hours: 3
Course Number: TH 873 IS R3 03
Course Purpose:
To develop in learners the ability to assess critically the issues surrounding pneumatology; to evaluate their findings through a grid of biblical, theological, and historical criteria; and to engage in original biblical research, assessment, and construction.



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